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Teen sent text message seconds before fatal crash

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Some states, including North Carolina, have laws that restrict cell phone use by teens while driving.

A recent tragedy in New York illustrates why such laws are necessary. All drivers need to keep their attention on the road, but statists show that inexperienced drivers are more likely to die in car accidents. Distractions like cell phones, text messages, the radio or chatty friends can prove deadly, as they did recently in Canandaigua, New York.

Five teens, including the 17-year-old driver, were killed June 28 in a head-on crash with a truck. Just moments before the teens’ SUV slammed into the truck, the driver was carrying on a text message conversation with a friend, according to police and news reports.